JEFFERSON CITY - MoDOT will require that all bids for highway construction projects are submitted electronically beginning with the May 17, 2013 letting."Requiring electronic bids for all projects will continue to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the bidding process for MoDOT and our contracting partners," said Natalie Roark, bidding and contract services engineer in the Design Division.MoDOT began optional electronic bidding in January 2007 and transitioned to mandatory electronic bidding for projects exceeding a monetary value of $250,000 in July 2009. The last two years, 90 percent of bids that were eligible for paper bids were submitted electronically. MoDOT can still choose to utilize paper bids for special situations such as emergency projects or other unique projects.In order for contractors to submit bids electronically, they must have a digital ID established through Bid Express, MoDOT's electronic bidding provider, and a separate Request to Submit Bids Electronically document submitted to MoDOT. Instructions on how to become qualified to bid electronically can be found at MoDOT's bid opening website at www.modot.org/business/contractor_resources/bid_opening_info/software.shtml. Contractors should keep in mind that it may take up to one week to process a digital ID.Contractors will continue to have the option to submit a paper bid guaranty (i.e., bid bond, cashier's check and certified check or annual bid bond) with their bid. For assistance in setting up an electronic bid account, contact Lisa Mueller at (573) 751-9253 or email@example.com Any additional questions regarding electronic bidding should be directed to Roark at (573) 526-2923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.